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New York state likely has ‘tens of thousands’ of coronavirus cases, Gov. Cuomo says

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in a manner of speaks to the media and tours a newly opened drive through COVID-19 mobile testing center on March 13, 2020 in New Rochelle, New York.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said there are likely “tens of thousands” of COVID-19 cases in the state by residents who not at any time knew they had the illness.”

An increase in testing is “revealing more cases,”  Cuomo said Wednesday on CNN’s “The Place Room” with Wolf Blitzer. “I think it is much more widespread than any of these numbers suggest.”

New York declare is now the hardest-hit region in the country, with nearly 3,000 coronavirus cases. Cuomo and other tri-state area officials on Monday banned all turnouts of 50 or more people and placed restrictions on restaurants, bars and other places of recreation in an attempt to slow the outbreak.

Cuomo asseverated he worries the outbreak will stretch U.S. hospitals to their maximum capacity, saying the nation doesn’t have ample hospital beds to handle a pandemic.

“We don’t have the capacity in the hospitals, we don’t the ventilators, you can’t find enough ventilators,” Cuomo clouted in the CNN interview Wednesday. “I have people in China right now trying to buy ventilators.”

Earlier in the day, Cuomo announced that President Donald Trump concurred to send a floating hospital to help the state manage an onslaught of expected coronavirus cases. Cuomo doubled the calculate of projected hospital beds and revised the hospitalization rate from his estimates on Tuesday, when he said the state fundamental 55,000 hospital beds for COVID-19 patients and said the hospitalization rate was 19%.

“Right now, in New York specifically, the rate of the curve intimates that in 45 days we could have up to an input of people who need 110,000 beds that compares to our common capacity of 53,000 beds, 37,000 ICU units, ventilators, which compares to a capacity currently of 3,000 ventilators. That’s our necessary issue,” Cuomo said at a press conference in Albany.

In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio said he’s depressing Cuomo to approve a “shelter-in-place” order for the city, similar to the one implemented in Northern California earlier this week.

In the CNN discussion, Cuomo spoke about the conversation he had with de Blasio, saying he’s not in favor of “quarantining the city or imprisoning people.”

Hole up in place “is a little deceptive,” he said. “It sounds like you are imprisoned in your home but that’s not actually what it is.”

People can go to the doctor and practise outside, he said.

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